This morning, Chattanooga was featured in the launch of Next Century Cities, a bipartisan, city-to-city initiative dedicated to ensuring the availability of next-generation broadband Internet for all communities, according to a news release.
Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke said:
Right now, there is an excitement over what cities can accomplish, and Next Century Cities can help take that excitement to the next level. From building innovation districts and the resurgence of entrepreneurship to supporting growth through infrastructure, the environment and economic development, cities are developing and implementing innovative solutions that make life better for communities across the country.
Chattanooga joins 32 cities nationwide working together to recognize the importance of leveraging gigabit-level Internet to attract new businesses and create jobs, improve health care and education, and connect residents to new opportunities.
Deb Socia, executive director of Next Century Cities, said:
Across the country, we’re seeing cities hungry to deploy high-speed Internet to transform communities and connect residents to better jobs, better health care and better education for their children. Mayor Berke is joining with other leaders across the country to roll up their sleeves and get the job done. Next Century Cities is committed to celebrating these successes, demonstrating their value and helping other cities to realize the full power of truly high-speed, affordable and accessible broadband.